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    The African Queen (United Artists, 1952). Half Sheet (22" X 28") Style B.
    "What a time we had Rosie, what a time we had." Humphrey Bogart could easily have been talking about the production in the Belgian Congo of this classic adventure film. Almost everyone in the cast and crew got sick, with the notable exceptions of Bogart and director John Huston. Bogart claimed, "All I ate was baked beans, canned asparagus and Scotch whiskey. Whenever a fly bit Huston or me, it dropped dead." Rumors spread among native extras that the film's company were all cannibals. Thirty years later, while accepting the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, Huston would say, "I remember the Congolese soldiers appearing one day at the compound we were building, that was to lodge the company when it came. They arrested our native hunter, whose task it had been to furnish the ever-bubbling pot with meat from the forest. It was some days before we learned why. Villagers had been missing. Along with the deer, guinea-hen and monkey, we had been eating what is euphemistically called 'long pig'." There were chips and tears in the borders with some going into the background, two extended tears from the lower border into the image, and a vertical tear extending the length of the poster. Restoration has the poster in outstanding display condition. Fine+ on Paper.


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